The Elkhart Difference: Service and Volunteering

  • Student Service in the Community
    • As a school system, we are committed to working with our students to help give back to the community. We firmly believe that volunteering in the community not only creates a better community and school as a whole, but teaches our students the important lesson of what it means to serve others. Our students volunteer in many ways, including serving food at homeless shelters, food drives, packaging and sorting food at food banks, reading and outreach to elderly citizens, blood drives, tutoring, park clean-up and mentoring younger students.
    • Elkhart Central High School is the largest blood donating school in northern Indiana. The last blood drive at Central resulted in 199 units of blood, which potentially saved 597 lives!
    • Our annual district-wide food drive results in a life-changing 25,000 pounds of food, distributed through the area by Church Community Services.
    • ECS elementary students regularly donate time at Feed the Children, Faith Mission and at many nursing homes in the area.
  • Volunteers at Elkhart Community Schools
    • Currently, Elkhart Community Schools has over 1,000 people who graciously donate their time to serving the needs of our children. Over 400 of these volunteers are mentoring students through the ECS CARES Program, a program that pairs a volunteer with a student for 30 minutes each week. Often, CARES mentors and students form a friendship that lasts through the student’s time at ECS. Our CARES Program is always in need of additional volunteers, and each school in the district has a waiting list of children eagerly awaiting a volunteer mentor. For information about becoming a CARES mentor, please contact Diane Lucchese at
  • Community Partners
    • Elkhart Community Schools is very fortunate to have the support of many community organizations to assist in our mission. A few organizations that regularly commit resources to advancing the education of our students include: City of Elkhart, Premier Arts, Elkhart Noon Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, NAACP, ETHOS, Exchange Club, Elkhart Education Foundation, and many others.